Community news from around the area

Historic Fort Steuben to hold

volunteer information meeting

STEUBENVILLE — Historic Fort Steuben will have its annual volunteer information meeting on March 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Visitor Center for all those interested in being part of the organization.

Volunteers are a main reason for the fort’s success, according to Judy Bratten, director.

“We could not provide the tours and activities that are held here without the help of our faithful volunteers,” Bratten said. “There are many ways a person can participate — from greeting visitors to landscaping to giving tours,” she added.

Approximately 20,000 people visit the Historic Fort Steuben, the Visitor Center and Fort Steuben Park each year, and the volunteers make them feel welcome, according to Bratten.

“For many visitors, a volunteer is the first local resident they meet, so he or she becomes an ambassador for the community,” Bratten said. “There are a variety of ways people can assist at Historic Fort Steuben, and they can choose to come on a regular schedule or simply be available for special events or programs.”

The Fort Steuben Visitor Center is located at 120 S. Third St., Steubenville. For information and to RSVP, call (740) 283-1787.

Brooke County AARP chapter

scheduled to meet March 15

WELLSBURG — Brooke County Chapter 3910 of AARP will meet at noon March 15 at the Wellsburg Moose Lodge.

Lunch will be followed by a short meeting led by Cathy Sykes, president, and program.

Reservations should be made by calling (304) 737-1018.

Country Friends announce

weekend entertainment lineup

COLLIERS — Country Friends will host the Buffington Brothers on Friday at the Memorial Hall located at 67 Police Lodge Road, Colliers.

The Sands of Time will perform on Saturday.

At Friday’s event, the names of four winners will be drawn from 50-50 tickets with each receiving a $50 check for a favorite charity.

The doors open at 6 p.m., the program starts at 7 p.m., and the hall closes at 10 p.m. for both events. There is a $5 cover charge per person on dance nights.

Monday is open mic with the doors opening at 4 p.m., the meal being served at 5 p.m. and open mic running from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is no cover charge on Mondays, but donations are appreciated.

Country Friends Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Christian friendship and brotherly love through music. All proceeds go to charity. For information on Country Friends or for cancellations, call (304) 479-1270, (304) 748-2816 or (304) 797-0122. For a monthly schedule e-mail

Extension workshop to focus

on blue spruce disease

WELLSBURG — Pike Vue Nursery and Christmas Trees, at 1691 Rear Washington Pike, will host a West Virginia University Extension workshop on managing blue spruce disease from 10 a.m. to noon March 17.

Attendees will learn to identify needle cast diseases of the blue spruce and how to treat them, observe a calibration demonstration of mist and boom sprayers and hear the pros and cons of fungicide and herbicide application.

The instructors will be specialists from the WVU Extension Service.

Registration is $5 and is due March 13 by calling the Ohio County extension office at (304) 234-3673.

Some continuing education credits are available through participation.

Madonna Class of 1973

planning July 21 reunion

WEIRTON — Madonna High School’s Class of 1973 is planning its 45-year reunion for July 21.

The addresses of several classmates are being sought. For details, call Debbie at (304) 748-2058.

Follansbee Branch Library

to show animated musical

FOLLANSBEE — The Follansbee Branch Library will show the PG rated animated film, “Coco,” at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Call (304) 527-0860 to reserve a seat and popcorn for the free screening.